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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Beer, Sports & Fun

    Round up your best sport loving, beer loving friends for fun and adventure in the city that makes getting together time easy, convenient and affordable. Here are a few ideas for bonding over beers, sports and more!

    1. Drink Up

    2. Dig in to Hardy Food

    • Start your day off right (with plenty of bacon) at top breakfast spots like Real Food Café, Sundance Grill and Wolfgang’s.
    • Get a good ‘ol fashioned hot dog (or six) at Yesterdog.
    • Try the Crack Fries at HopCat – they’re ranked in the Top 10 of all French Fries served in America.
    • Treat yourself to a juicy slab of beef at three downtown steakhouses:
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    The Chop House

    Treat yourself to the finer pleasures with consummately satisfying dining at The Chop House....

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 190 Monroe Ave. NW
    • Interests: food-&-dining
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    Judson's Steakhouse at The B.O.B

    Unpretentious, casually elegant steakhouse offering a classic menu, fine art and perfectly cooked,...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 20 Monroe Ave. NW
    • Interests: food-&-dining
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    Ruth's Chris Steak House

    At Ruth’s Chris Grand Rapids we’re picky about our steaks. That’s why we serve only the finest USDA...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 187 Monroe Avenue NW
    • Interests: food-&-dining

    3. Attend a Sporting Event

    4. Get Outdoors

    • Golf at two-dozen excellent courses as close as five minutes to downtown.
    • Bike hundreds of miles of paved trails through all kinds of scenery.
    • Treat yourself to some of the country’s best fishing, boating, hiking and hunting.
    • Lace up for a never-ending series of running events – including the Fifth Third River Bank Run, America’s largest 25K road race, held every May.
    • Take a Running Tour to burn calories while you learn about the city’s past and present.

    5. Chase Thrills

    • Tackle more than 60 miles of mountain bike trails in and around the city.
    • Ski, snowboard and ride the zipline at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
    • Climb aboard seven roller coasters at Michigan’s Adventure amusement park.
    • Engage in pitched paintball battle at TC Paintball.

    6. Enjoy the Nightlife

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    Van Andel Arena

    Concerts, entertainment and sports venue.

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 130 W. Fulton St.
    • Interests: live-music, music
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    DeVos Performance Hall

    DeVos Performance Hall, located in the DeVos Place convention center, is Grand Rapids' premier...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 303 Monroe Ave. NW
    • Interests: art-&-culture
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    20 Monroe Live

    This incredible space is the perfect location to host your corporate event, private concert,...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 11 Ottawa Ave. NW
    • Interests: live-music, music

    7. Do Something Grand

    Delve deeper into Grand Rapids culture with awesome tours and experiences highlighting beer, food, history, art, music and more.

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